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Although Rare, Dental Implant Failures Are Tied to Certain Health Factors

12th March 2019, 10:39am EST

Dental implants offer individuals a way to have secure teeth, without the problems in speaking and eating that traditional dentures often cause. However, dental implants can sometimes fail because of underlying health conditions. Here are a few of the medical conditions that commonly affect the success of dental implants:


Infection at the site of the implants can cause failure. These infections can occur because of improper placement, inadequate procedures during the placement and underlying problems with the patient’s immune system that may cause frequent infections. Every effort should be made by the implant surgeon to ensure sanity practices and monitoring for early signs of infection.


Diabetes is a metabolic condition in which insufficient insulin is produced to remove glucose from the body. Damage to blood vessels can occur due to high levels of glucose in the bloodstream, which can impact on the proper healing of implants. Some studies indicate that diabetic patients may experience a higher level of early failure in dental implants. Good management of diabetes can help to ensure that dental implants heal properly and provide good service for years.

Vitamin Deficiency

Studies have also found that deficiency of vitamin D can affect the success of dental implants. Vitamin D appears to an important component in bone tissue growth and the ability to form securely around implants. Insufficient amounts of this important vitamin can cause failure of the implant to adhere securely to the bone.


Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become thinner and more brittle. It is generally associated with older women after the age of menopause, when decreased estrogen levels begin to affect the ability to build bone tissue. However, bone loss can also occur in men. The normal wear and tear and pressure caused by eating, speaking and the grinding of teeth can dislodge the implant within the damaged bone, if there is insufficient tissue available to hold it securely.

Good management of underlying health problems can help to ensure that dental implant procedures have successful outcomes over the long term. A discussion with your physician, as well as your dental surgeon, can help you to understand what you need to do to ensure success.

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